Pacific baseball moved to 8-1 on the season in walk-off fashion on Friday night at Klein Family Field, 6-5.
Seattle tacked on five runs in the fifth inning to take a 5-0 lead, but the Tigers scored two runs in the seventh and eighth inning before junior infielder Carter Hayes hit a bases-loaded double in the bottom of the ninth inning to score junior catcher James Free and junior utility player Josh Winkler to walk the Tigers off as winners. Hayes was mobbed by his teammates at second base for his late-game heroics.
Senior left-handed pitcher Ricky Reynoso got the start for the Tigers and looked strong before the fifth inning. He allowed only a walk and a single in the first four innings. He started the fifth inning off with a leadoff single which led to a snowball effect. He allowed a homer to Jake Taylor in the second at-bat of the inning to make it a 2-0 Redhawk lead. He would allow another single and a walk before recording the first out of the inning. An error by the Tiger right fielder allowed a batter to reach with one out that also allowed a run to score from second to make it 3-0. In the next at-bat. Justin Mazzone cleared the bases with a double to score two more to give the Redhawks a 5-0 lead.
Reynoso was pulled after walking another batter in favor of junior right-handed pitcher David Rajeski, who worked the Tigers out of the inning and limited the damage to a 5-0 lead for Seattle.
On the offensive side of things, Pacific struggled to figure out the Redhawk ace, Jake Prizina, who defended his 0.00 ERA with six scoreless innings of work. He allowed just two hits and a walk in the game while striking out five Tigers.
The game began to go Pacific's way after Prizina's departure. Seattle brought in Alden Huschle in relief in the seventh and he started off on the wrong foot be plucking the inning's leadoff hitter, junior outfielder Keaton Glover. Two batters later, sophomore infielder, Wyatt Hoffman drew a walk to put runners on first and second. An error by Seattle's second baseman loaded the bases and a walk in the next at-bat to senior infielder Kevin Sandri made it a 5-1 game. In the next at-bat, redshirt senior Nate Verlin hit a sac fly to center to score Hoffman to make it 5-2. It was Verlin's team-leading ninth RBI of the year.
Junior right-handed pitcher Daniel Vitoria allowed only a walk in an inning of work and sophomore right-handed pitcher Joe Solomon faced one batter in the eighth, which he retired before making way for freshman Dylan Pottgieser who retired the final two batter of the eighth inning.
In the bottom half of the eighth, Pacific struck again. Sophomore catcher Bryce Kirk's leadoff single got the Tigers going and walk by Glover put runners on first and second for Sophomore Alex LeForestier who hit a big pinch-hit single to score Kirk to make it 5-3. In the next at-bat, Hoffman executed a sac bunt to score Glover and make it a one-run game at 5-4.
Pottgieser retired two more in the ninth before freshman lefty Joseph Standley entered to strike out the innings final batter. He would go on to earn the victory, his first of his career.
In the bottom of the ninth, Verlin got the line moving for the Tigers with a one-out walk; Winkler entered to pinch run for him. Free singled in the next at-bat and Kirk reached base for the second time in the game to load the bases with a single for junior Carter Hayes. Hayes drove a pitch into the gap in left-center to score Winkler and Free to complete the five-run comeback in three innings.
The walk-off win was Pacific's first of the year. The Tigers used four offensive substitutes and a total of six pitchers in the dying innings to send the Redhawks away with the loss.
Pacific gets two more chances to win tomorrow when they host a doubleheader with the Redhawks starting a 1 p.m. Rain is in the forecast, so stay in touch with the Tigers on Pacifictigers.com and @pacificbaseball on social media for any weather-related updates.